'Top Chef' Recap: Vegetables and Off-Color Jokes

Quickfire Challenge judged by Paul Bartolotta, famed Italian chef, is to take a classic TV dinner and give it a gourmet makeover as inspired by an iconic television show. The top two are Kevin's Sopranos-inspired meatballs, and Bryan's M.A.S.H.-inspired meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Kevin wins, and doesn't get immunity, but does get promised that his meal will be included in the new line of Top Chef frozen foods.

Elimination Challenge: Take over Tom Colicchio's restaurant, CraftSteak. The twist is that one of the judges is Natalie Portman, and she's a vegetarian, so they can't use any meat. Jen has to change her game plan multiple times, first because everyone else is using morels and she doesn't want to, and then she flips Eli for who can use eggplant, and he wins. Mike I. struggles when an equipment malfunction means that his leeks don't cook properly, and Robin inexplicably decides to make a dish she's never made before, despite the fact that she's probably the most experienced with vegetarian food. She also runs out of time and doesn't put garbanzo beans on three of her plates.


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